It has been known by all teams in the Premier League for quite some time now, but after much fighting and struggle of staying above the relegation zone, Reading and QPR are officially relegated and will play their next season in the Championship. Reading and QPR played each other this weekend going into the game knowing that a draw would see both sides go down, but in what was a scrappy game, no goals were scored meaning the two teams who play in stripes will play in the Championship once again.
Mark Hughes was the original QPR manager at the start of the season as he kept his job after he was able to keep the Rangers up the season before, but he was soon sacked as he was winning nowhere near enough games to stay up. The QPR Chairman then signed Harry Redknapp who previously managed Tottenham and looked for him to save QPR from their dark days but it was too little too late. Reading tried a similar strategy and signed the former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, but he too could not keep Reading up. Both managers will certainly look to gain promotion back to the Premier League next season, if they stay at the clubs.
The question being asked for the rest of the season is who will join Reading and QPR in the Championship next year? Aston Villa play a crucial match tonight against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland. This is Villa’s chance to break away from Wigan who are only 2 points behind them and will have a game in hand after tonight, but it could go down to the final game of the season, Wigan vs Aston Villa.
At the other end of the table, Manchester United were denied the chance of breaking the record for finishing a season on the most points as they drew to Arsenal away. Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who nearly walked into the wrong dressing room before the match, scored a penalty to seal a draw at his old home pitch, the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool dealt well without Luis Suarez as goals from Sturridge, Henderson, Borini and Agger led them to a 6-0 triumph over the underachievers of the season, Newcastle.
In other football news, Tottenham’s main man Gareth Bale has been crowned as the PFA Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year. The Welshman is the third ever player to have won both awards after seeing off competition from Van Persie and Suarez, who was booed on two different occasions by an audience largely consisting of footballers.
Premier League results:
Everton 1-0 Fulham
Man City 2-1 West Ham
Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool
Southampton 0-3 West Brom
Stoke 1-0 Norwich
Wigan 2-2 Tottenham
Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd
Chelsea 2-0 Swansea
Reading 0-0 QPR (Reading and QPR are relegated)
Author Daniel Foster.
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